Congress says govt compromising national security, territorial integrity

Hours after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh informed Parliament about the agreement between India and China on disengagement at Pangong Tso in Ladakh, the Congress Thursday accused the government of “brazenly compromising” national security and territorial integrity of India.

“In Pangong Tso Lake Area, India was occupying Finger 4 and was patrolling up to Finger 8 on the north bank. India’s stance has been clear and unequivocal – LAC is up to Finger 8. As per Defence Minister’s statement, Indian troops will withdraw now to Finger 3. Does it not tantamount to redrawing the LAC to India’s disadvantage and creating a buffer zone between Finger 3 and Finger 8…that is on our side of the LAC? Is this not a blatant compromise on India’s territorial integrity?” Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.

The Prime Minister and Defence Minister, he said, “must be held accountable and answer to the nation for this brazed and unpardonable compromise on India’s territorial integrity and national security”.

Pointing out that Indian forces had occupied the vantage points on Kailash Ranges on the Southern Bank of Pangong Tso Lake Area, he said “the Defence Minister’s statement today would also mean that our armed forces will be withdrawing from these vantage points in Kailash Ranges on the Southern Bank”.

“Will the Prime Minister and Defence Minister explain why the Government is agreeing to withdraw Indian forces from the dominant…

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